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Nicholas Isherwood

A demonstration by vocalist Nicholas Isherwood exploring new possibilities for vocal music

Fields of Knowledge
  • Aesthetics / Media
  • Performance


Slought, American Composers Forum Philadelphia

Opens to public





4017 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Slought and American Composers Forum (ACF) Philadelphia are pleased to announce New Voices, a lecture and demonstration by vocalist Nicholas Isherwood exploring new possibilities for vocal music on November 2, 2017 from 6:30-7:30pm. Isherwood will introduce the Electric Voice project, which every two years premiers new works composed for the solo voice and electronics, and discuss his work with overtone and multiphonic singing, including his recent field research in Mongolia.

In December, ACF Philadelphia will issue a request for proposals for works combining the voice and electronic sound. Isherwood will review the submissions and select two composers to work with on their ideas. The event at Slought will introduce the concept of the electric voice and encourage composers to create new works in this genre.

In the second half, Isherwood will share his knowledge of overtone singing as found in numerous traditional cultures and demonstrate some of the techniques. The goal is to open a new dialog about the possibilities of the voice in the 21st Century. Participants will learn about Isherwood's personal musical journey and the politics and possible futures between so called "folk," "opera" and "contemporary" music.

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Nicholas Isherwood is professor of voice at the Conservatoire of Lyon. He has worked closely with numerous composers and conductors, including Karlheinz Stockhausen for 23 years. He sang numerous world premieres and performed at the world's leading festivals and opera houses. He has made 55 recordings and appeared in 3 films for television. An active pedagogue, he also taught master classes at the Paris Conservatoire and Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi. His book, Techniques of Singing, was published in 2014.